TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN— First he pulled an AR-15 Assault Rifle on her, then he laughed in her face in an effort to send a message of fear into a Grand Traverse County woman Patricia Macintosh, and others that disagreed with his support of the Proud Boys hate group’s violence this past January. These are some of the many allegations being made in a Federal Lawsuit (Case # 1:21-cv-309) which was filed TODAY, APRIL 12TH which names Grand Traverse County Commissioner, Ron Clous, and others. The Lawsuit is being filed in United States District Court, Western District of Michigan, Southern Division. The incident took place at a public Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners meeting on January 21st of this year, when the 74-year-old Patricia Macintosh asked elected county officials to "please make some sort of a public statement" condemning the violent behavior by Proud Boys during the insurrection at the nation’s Capital Building on January 6th. Commission Vice-Chair, Ron Clous responded by grabbing an AR-15 assault rifle and brandished it with a menacing smirk on his face, while the Commission Chair looked on laughing in support. Although the community demonstrated outrage by repeatedly demanding Clous’ resignation and/or an apology, none has been offered. The County Commission has additionally failed to censure Clous’s threatening behavior or move to prevent him or other Commissioners from similar unconstitutional actions in the future.

In the aftermath, Patricia Macintosh received threatening phone calls and lives in fear, given how groups such as Proud Boys respond to those who don’t share their beliefs. Despite this, she is asking the Court to deem this threatening behavior illegal and unconstitutional and to declare and order that it never happen again. Attorney Blake Ringsmuth, and the law firm of Ringsmuth Wuori, PLLC of Traverse City are representing Patricia Macintosh and “standing up for the rights she and the rest of us cherish and see that they not be taken for granted, here in Grand Traverse County, or anywhere in this great country."

Please see the embedded video here of gun incident as well as still photos attached in release.
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Prof. Moorad Choudhry, Cohort Leader

Certificate in Risk Governance study cohort to be led by bank board member and former bank Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Moorad Choudhry.

Bank boards must remain up-to-date, adaptable, and able to act decisively, nowhere more so than in the governance of their risk management programs.”

— Prof. Moorad Choudhry, Cohort Leader

LONDON, ENGLAND, April 12, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The DCRO Institute, a global non-profit focused on the advanced development of risk governance skills, announced today the launch of a guided study cohort specifically for board members of banks and non-bank financial institutions.

"Yet another set of headlines tells us that even at banks, there is still a deep need for a better understanding of risk governance," said David R. Koenig, President and Chief Executive Officer of The DCRO Institute. "Our Certificate in Risk Governance program is rapidly gaining international acclaim, and this study program, specifically designed for board members of banks and non-bank financial institutions, is not just timely; it's essential," he continued.

The Certificate in Risk Governance program, also known as The Board Members' Course on Risk™, is an intensive study and evaluation. The curriculum is designed for board members who seek to advance the governance of risk-taking at their organizations. The program features lessons by nearly 50 board members, c-level executives, and well-known authors from five continents who are some of the world's leading figures in risk governance.

Prof. Moorad Choudhry, a former bank CEO, current bank board member, and globally recognized risk and finance expert, leads this study cohort, which begins at the end of May. Applications to participate in this program are due by May 15, 2021.

"The last 12 months have seen banks responding to an unforeseen global stress event, falling foul of supervisors for the inaccuracy of their regulatory reporting, and suffering material impact due to cybercrime, counterparty issues, and technology failure," said Prof. Choudhry. Bank boards must remain up-to-date, adaptable and able to act decisively, nowhere more so than in the governance of their risk management programs," he continued.

Prof. Moorad Choudhry is an Independent Non-Executive Director, former bank Chief Executive Officer, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, a Fellow of the London Institute of Banking and Finance, a Fellow of the Global Association of Risk Professionals, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, has extensive Treasury and Finance experience, and is the author of The Principles of Banking and Bank Asset and Liability Management.

The Certificate in Risk Governance program is unique. No course on risk for board members as robust as this – depth, practicality, and global expertise – exists anywhere else. The fundamental Duty of Care for directors around risk is to ensure that our organizations are taking risk well in pursuit of our goals and ambitions. This course furthers the fulfillment of that duty. Information about the Certificate in Risk Governance program is available for download.

About the DCRO Institute – The DCRO Institute is a non-profit organization that teaches current and aspiring board members to govern their organization's risk-taking, so they are more likely to achieve their goals. Our goal, which is emblazoned on our logo, is to help organizations Innovate, Sustain, and Create Value. The DCRO Institute is an affiliate of the Directors and Chief Risk Officers group, which has helped board members and c-suite executives establish best practices in risk governance since 2008. Visit www.dcroi.org to learn more.

For more information, please contact David R. Koenig at +1.612.286.1776 or by e-mail at david.koenig@dcroi.org.

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The DCRO Institute
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LPA announce new release of VisiRule – its innovative AI No-Code Low-Code visual rules authoring and delivery tool

Radial View of VisiRule Decision tree

Radial View of VisiRule Decision tree

Lateral View VisiRule Decision tree

Lateral View VisiRule Decision tree

VisiRule Tree View

VisiRule Tree View

LPA announce a new release of VisiRule which includes VisiRule Visualizer, a spatial and radial inspector for examining interactive decision trees.

The highly visual philosophy of VisiRule makes building and testing such models more practical and opens up the world of AI to a much wider audience.”

— clive spenser

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, April 12, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — LPA announce a new release of VisiRule which includes VisiRule Visualizer, a spatial and radial inspector for examining interactive decision trees.

VisiRule Visualizer allows authors to explore the structure of their charts using an HTML browser both laterally and in a radial manner. This allows them to better understand the underlying decision logic from a structural perspective.

Also, included in the release are enhanced chatbot facilities for indexing FAQs and common problems, and enhanced HTML delivery options for client side self service solutions.

VisiRule incorporates Artificial Intelligence in the form of visual rule-based expert systems inferencing. Complex behaviour and computation can be represented as a set of interconnected decision rules which in turn can be represented graphically in VisiRule.

Clive Spenser, Marketing Director, LPA, says, "VisiRule Visualizer is an exciting new addition to the VisiRule family. It allows authors to inspect and interact with the decision tree models from a different perspective". Clive adds "The highly visual philosophy of VisiRule makes building and testing such models more practical and opens up the world of AI to a much wider audience. We are seeing a growing move towards visual Low-Code No-Code tools which allow business users to create their own self-service decision automation solutions rather than rely on IT departments."

VisiRule Visualizer is available for immediate release as part of the VisiRule product range at a price of 2500 USD.

VisiRule is an easy-to-use Low-Code No-Code tool for subject matter experts, like lawyers, tax advisors, engineers, to rapidly define and deliver intelligent advice and troubleshooting guides using decision tree flowcharts.

VisiRule allows experts to capture, evaluate, refine and deploy specialist expertise as smart AI solutions. Use cases include risk assessment, decision automation, machine troubleshooting, medical diagnosis, problem triage with recommended prescriptive actions plus legal document generation.

LPA is a small dedicated AI company in London, England which has been providing logic-based software solutions since it was formed in 1981. LPA products have been used in a wide-range of commercial and research applications including legal document assembly, environmental engineering, information modeling, disease diagnosis, fault diagnosis, products sales and recommendations.

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VIDIZMO Partners With WebSIA to Provide Enterprise Video and Digital Evidence Management Solutions in Latin America



A screenshot of VIDIZMO video portal

A screenshot of VIDIZMO video portal

VIDIZMO is now providing enterprise video content management and digital evidence management solutions through WebSIA in the Latin American markets.

TYSONS, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, April 12, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — With society becoming increasingly digital, video and digital media have become part of everyday public and corporate life. This creates a whole new set of challenges for managing media such as recorded meetings, training and marketing videos, digital evidence and more. How can you store and manage the increasing pile of videos? And how can you securely share them with the right people without unauthorized people getting their hands on it?

VIDIZMO, recognized in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, has around 20 years of experience providing enterprise video content management and digital evidence management solutions with AI-services and flexible deployment options in the cloud, on-premise and hybrid deployment models.

To cater to the growing Latin American market, VIDIZMO has partnered with WebSIA, a Brazilian distributor of SaaS solutions (cloud) to provide enterprise video content management and digital evidence management solutions.

“We have successfully helped organizations in the United States to securely manage and transmit increasing amounts of video content. Through our partnership with WebSIA, we hope to expand in Latin America, helping organizations to benefit from our solutions.” says Shahan Zafar, the Product Marketing Manager at VIDIZMO.

With extremely flexible deployment options and the ability to integrate with video conferencing solutions such as Zoom, Webex and others, the North American-based company has the right solutions to meet the needs of the Brazilian and Latin American market. The company provides solutions for public and private organizations around the globe.


Founded in 2011, WebSIA creates, builds, develops and implements architecture and business intelligence, with a focus on solutions, innovation and online services. WebSIA is a distributor, developer and integrator focused on cutting-edge technologies in Brazil and worldwide, and offering complete, innovative solutions that provide intelligent and profitable results for the Brazilian and Latin American market. Learn more about WebSIA’s solutions at www.websia.com.br


VIDIZMO is a Gold partner of Microsoft and provides live and on-demand video streaming, digital evidence management and artificial intelligence solutions for various government and commercial organizations. You can learn more about the different organizations that VIDIZMO serves by visiting https://www.vidizmo.com/our-customers/

Zohaib Tariq
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New American communications & sales framework launches in Manchester

James Pogson 21StoryMarketing.com launches new US-based Communication Sales Frame-work North West

James Pogson with 21StoryMarketing.com launches new US-based Communication & Sales Frame-work in the North West.

New opportunity for North West businesses to grow their sales with the launch of a new American-based communications & Sales framework

MANCHESTER, NORTH WEST ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, April 12, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Online communication has never been so important. If businesses have learnt anything from the past few months, it’s that a strong communications message and sales funnel can make the difference between success and failure.

However, that success can only be achieved with a level of communication that stands out. When millions are spent annually on marketing messages, capturing attention can be so difficult especially trying to connect with your target audience. As a result, mediocre marketing messages simply don’t get heard.

This is where the 2,000-year-old art of storytelling – a formula that even Hollywood uses to capture the imagination of millions worldwide – makes the difference as a framework to attract awareness and grow success.

While storytelling may be an art, its effectiveness is down to a simple framework that can turn even unexciting business information into a compelling story that connects every company with its customers.

StoryBrand, a pioneering American system developed by author, public speaker and entrepreneur Don Miller, uses storytelling to do exactly that, securing success for thousands of companies across the US. That framework has now been introduced to England’s North West by 21StoryMarketing, a marketing & sales business that provides effective communication and sales lead generation consultancy.

“Engaging with the power of story is the secret success for business communication. Choosing the right words can be so much more effective than how much money you spend,” says 21StoryMarketing founder James Pogson, who is based in Manchester and is North West England’s only StoryBrand certified guide.

“Having followed StoryBrand’s phenomenal success across the U.S. I’ve been impressed by the results it has achieved for its clients.

“Customers have struggled with the challenge lockdowns have brought throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with businesses needing to pivot and shift trading practices. I saw StoryBrand as an opportunity to help those same businesses stand out amongst their competitors with clear messaging what they do and why customers should buy from them. Even if it’s obvious what the product is customers want to know why they should buy your product rather than a competitors. As a result I’m now qualified in bringing effective communication to benefit businesses in the North West and beyond.”

In the coming weeks, Pogson will present free webinars and is already speaking with businesses how the 7-steps of brilliant storytelling can help every business capture its clients’ attention to increase sales. Participants will implement Pogson’s key tips and advice into their marketing, PR, print, online advertising and social media to grow their business.

“The framework successfully uses messaging that appeals to the human mind. It’s effective whether you’re launching a new product, operating as a non-profit or creating a start-up. Whatever your business status, I enjoy helping businesses stand-out above and beyond their competitors.” continues Pogson, who’s career has helped drive growth for dozens of businesses.

“I know how hard it is for many businesses right now and this is the perfect opportunity to clarify your company’s messaging with a clear story to tell. Make it clear. Get it right. Secure success.”

For more information about StoryBrand, ask for James when you visit www.21StoryMarketing.com

James Pogson
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Arkansas Mesothelioma Victims Center Has Endorsed Attorney Erik Karst of the Law Firm of Karst von Oiste to Ensure the Best Compensation Results for a Navy Veteran with Mesothelioma Happens-It Might Exceed $1,000,000

"We have endorsed attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste to ensure a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma in Arkansas receives the best possible financial compensation results. ”

— Arkansas Mesothelioma Victims Center

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS, USA, April 12, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — According to the Arkansas Mesothelioma Victims Center, "We do not want a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma in Arkansas to get shortchanged because they hired an unqualified local attorney-who because lack of experience had to sub it out to a firm that handles mesothelioma. We have endorsed attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste to ensure a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma receives the best possible financial compensation results. Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste is one of the nation's leading mesothelioma attorneys-and mesothelioma and serious illnesses related to asbestos exposure is all that he does-nationwide. For direct access to Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste please call 800-714-0303 anytime.

"There is an old saying–'there is no substitute for experience' and when it comes to hiring a lawyer to assist with mesothelioma compensation-truer words have never been said. Attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste is one of the nation's most skilled mesothelioma attorneys and he specializes in assisting Navy Veterans. If your loved one in Arkansas is a Navy Veteran in Arkansas with recently diagnosed mesothelioma-please call attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste anytime at 800-714-0303 so at a minimum-he can explain how the financial compensation process for this rare cancer works. We are certain you will be glad you did. Frequently mesothelioma compensation for a Navy Veteran might exceed a million dollars. www.karstvonoiste.com/

The Arkansas Mesothelioma Victims Center’s services are available to individuals throughout the state of Arkansas such as Little Rock, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale, Jonesboro, or Pine Bluff. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in Arkansas the Arkansas Mesothelioma Victims Center strongly recommends the following three heath care facilities with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at each hospital. Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Little Rock, Arkansas: https://cancer.uams.edu

Individuals with mesothelioma in the state of Arkansas could have been exposed to asbestos while serving in the US Navy or working at a power plant, at an oil or gas facility, as a plumber, a boiler technician, as an auto repairman, as an electrician, insulator, at a pulp and paper mill or at a construction job site. In most cases, the exposure to asbestos caused mesothelioma at one of these types of workplaces in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s. Mesothelioma typically takes three to five decades to develop. www.karstvonoiste.com/

The states with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey, West Virginia, Florida, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington. However, mesothelioma does happen in Arkansas as the Arkansas Mesothelioma Victims Center would like to explain anytime at 800-714-0303. https://Arkansas.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s website related to this rare form of cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/types/mesothelioma

Michael Thomas
Arkansas Mesothelioma Victims Center
+1 800-714-0303
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Engineers report cover that holds half of the ten exposure pathway reports used by the McClellan Vets as proof of their toxic exposures.

An EPA report cover that holds the exposure pathway report for the Monsanto Factory spill covering McClellan Vets as “commercial visitors” in the declared exposure populations.

Veterans who are inside the system liken the VA & Capitol Hill Committees to enablers of a modern-day Bataan Death March.

ALBANY, NEW YORK, USA, April 12, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Dept. of Veterans Affairs agency is running a corrupt and incompetent disability claims process for environmental toxic exposure veterans who passed through verified contamination sites while they were on military active duty. This is part of the revelations that insider veterans are making to get the word out to the public about what’s really going on from inside the system. The program is more commonly known as the VA Compensation and Pension benefit. It’s run exclusively by non-medical administrators at the Veterans Benefits Administration and is not under the department oversight of the Veterans Health Administration where the doctors are.

The national medical patient group known as Toxic Exposure Army Veterans of Fort McClellan, have been on the receiving end of the VA’s corrupted practices since the year 2003. They are still in processing limbo and are unresolved inside the program.
The group argues the entire process that VA is using for veterans to identify themselves with as hazardous exposures cases, is primarily rooted in two separate illegal practices. One malpractice they have identified is the use of patient abuse tactics from inside the claims process by rogue and harassing raters. Current VA regulatory laws only prohibits the schemes of patient abuse while veterans are inpatients at the VA Hospitals. For them, it’s open season for crimes from these rogue raters.

The second malpractice is for the raters and exam doctors to use the claims process to impose practices of discrimination on the basis of the disabilities and handicaps of the filing veterans. They say the VA violates its own protection laws which are set up to oppose the use of discrimination practices to block them from accessing federal programs. This can include illegal patient lockouts from their military benefits and an organized refusal by the VA to even process the application forms filed by toxic exposure patient groups. The veterans say there is no specific law that empowers the VA to refuse to process their cases correctly, or to deny their benefits wholesale based on the simple fact they are medically-matched to the known toxic sources at their military service site.

Toxic exposures in the veteran’s arena, are the outcome of an engineering declaration made in site reports at the time an environmental contamination zone is discovered. Environmental engineers are a licensed workforce that answers exclusively to the data measurement standards which are set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency on any given day. The veterans argue that the VA has no legal standing to argue with or to refuse to apply the environmental declarations that are made by military or civilian engineers to their VA disability cases.

Toxic exposure evidencing for certain population groups, are found in the engineering declarations as three different formats. The veterans argue there is no one at the VA who is competent enough to read the engineering papers to locate the three primary pages of evidence that they have to use to establish their disability claims with. It’s an odd processing obstacle for them to first have to find and submit the evidence pages on their own as disadvantaged medical patients, and then to have to submit the pages to a rater workforce who is academically inadequate to even apply them to the veteran’s cases.

The three basic papers of evidence that verifies and proves certain military veterans were exposed to toxic sources at a contamination zone are known. But the veterans argue that readers do have to be skilled enough in locating the papers, which are often embedded within hundreds of other pages holding dismissable topics. One format is called a Hazard Rating Scale or (HRS). A Hazard Rating Scale is a math scoring formula which is calculated against the numerical threshold limits that are established by either the EPA Superfund or National Priorities List (NPL) programs. The second format for evidencing is called an exposure pathway report. The toxic spill site names out the pathways of air, water, or soil as the routes of toxic exposures, and then names out the estimated exposure population groups that are most likely to show health risk developments. The third format for evidencing is the remedial cleanup actions that are ordered by state or federal environmental agencies. Any one of these formats, or combinations of them from the three choices, are the body of evidence used by the industry to establish toxic exposures to medical patients.

The McClellan Vets group is holding all three collections of engineering papers to evidence their group case with before the VA. They say it’s the VA who has been using wrong engineering papers that are deliberately selected to support a false narrative to suggest that nothing toxic was found at the Army base or that soldiers were not exposed to anything toxic.

The veterans also say that the VA disability claims process is overrun with conflicted filing forms, rater incompetence, rater hate-crimes and discriminatory practices, exam doctor falsifications of DBQ papers, and meddling civilians who dominate the legislative committees where the veterans have to go for remedy bills for each groups personal VA crisis. They point to the new false narrative coming out from the Twitter accounts of committees right now that suggests the veterans have to either be deployed or in combat service in order to be recognized at the VA for toxic exposure claims. This is widely known to be a lie in the veteran’s arena where the statutory Basic Entitlement laws covers both war era and peacetime era veterans for their health claims.

The McClellan Vets feel that the only real solution to the layers of corruption at the VA claims process is for the Dept. of Justice, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to form a Task Force to collect statements from the veterans for the review of possible interagency prosecutions.

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Wisconsin US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate Has Endorsed Attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste to Ensure A Navy Veteran with Mesothelioma in Wisconsin Gets the Best Compensation Results-They Might Exceed $1,000,000

"Attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste is an incredible resource for a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma because he will know how to help a person like this with their compensation-for better results.. ”

— Wisconsin US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate

MILWAUKEE , WISCONSIN, USA, April 12, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Wisconsin US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate says, "We have endorsed, and we recommend attorney Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste for a Navy Veteran with recently diagnosed mesothelioma in Wisconsin. Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste is one of most capable mesothelioma attorneys in the United States and he specializes in assisting Navy Veterans with this rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma compensation is based on how, where and when a person with mesothelioma was exposed to asbestos as attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste is always happy to explain at 800-714-0303.

"If a Navy Veteran who has mesothelioma or their family members want to best possible financial compensation it is vital-the lawyer they hire understands the specifics of how, where and when they might have been exposed to asbestos. The asbestos exposure for a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma probably occurred on a navy ship, submarine or at a shipyard. Attorney Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste is an incredible resource for a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma because he will know how to help a person like this with their compensation-with the goal being the best possible results. For direct access to attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste please call 800-714-0303-if you are a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma in Wisconsin or their family. We think you will be glad you did, Frequently, mesothelioma compensation for a Navy Veteran can exceed a million dollars." www.karstvonoiste.com/

The US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate’s services are available to US Navy Veterans with mesothelioma in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, Racine, Appleton, Oshkosh or anywhere in Wisconsin. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in Wisconsin the Wisconsin US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate strongly recommends the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at this hospital. The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center in Madison: https://cancer.wisc.edu/.

About one third of all US citizens diagnosed with mesothelioma each year are Veterans of the US Navy. Before a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma or their family retain the services of a lawyer or law firm, they are urged to call the US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate anytime at 800-714-0303. https://USNavyMesothelioma.Com

The states with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/types/mesothelioma

Michael Thomas
Wisconsin US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate
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Lawmakers and Advocacy Groups Condemn Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife for Killing of Young Black Bear

Photo: Tamara Drake

Photo: Tamara Drake

What we are seeing is a disturbing pattern by these two agencies of killing animals in need and punishing people who are kind enough to try and help them.”

— Scott Beckstead, director of campaigns at AWA & CHE

ASHLAND, OREGON, USA, April 11, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — A young Oregon black bear was killed by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) officials on April 8, 2021, and a Jackson County volunteer fire chief responding to a call from a concerned citizen has been cited with a misdemeanor by the Oregon State Police for his role in rescuing the animal from a busy public highway.

The killing of the animal and the issuance of the citation occurred even after pleas from concerned community members and a California wildlife sanctuary that offered medical care, transport, and a lifetime home for the young bear.

Despite public statements by ODFW that the bear was “emaciated,” photos and witness accounts depict the animal as small, but otherwise healthy.

The day before ODFW killed the young bear, a local volunteer fire chief received a call from a concerned citizen that a young black bear was wandering in the road on Highway 66. The chief deployed to investigate and was able to locate the animal, which he estimated weighed about 40 pounds. He immediately contacted 911 by radio and requested help from the Oregon State Police (OSP) and ODFW. Repeated attempts were made to move the bear back into the woods, however, the bear continued to return to the road and was clearly in distress and in need of assistance. Over an hour passed with no sign of OSP and ODFW, so the chief removed the bear from the highway, transported it to his property, cared for the animal, continuing to reach out to others for guidance in what to do with the animal.

Later that afternoon, the fire chief was contacted by OSP over the telephone. The OSP officer was informed that the bear had been rescued from the highway, and the officer stated that the bear should be released somewhere “far away”.

Neither OSP nor ODFW showed up for 24 hours after the chief contacted them. During that time, local residents located an accredited bear sanctuary in California that offered to travel to Oregon and transport it to their facility.

On April 8, the day after the chief rescued the bear from the roadway, ODFW and OSP officers arrived at his residence, seized the bear, and issued him a citation for criminal negligence and possession of wildlife without a permit. Despite being informed that licensed accommodations had been located for the bear, ODFW killed the bear cub. It is unclear what method of killing was used.

In an email message to ODFW director Curt Melcher, Rep. Pam Marsh (D-Ashland), who represents the House district where the incident occurred, said:

“I am outraged by reports of OSP and ODFW mishandling of a lost bear cub on Highway 66 in my district. I know all of the individuals involved, my son saw the bear (which was not emaciated) and I understand the sequence of events. It is further clear that ODFW is misrepresenting this situation in the press in order to deflect legitimate criticism.

“Multiple people called ODFW for help with this cub, which repeatedly was sighted on the middle of the country highway. No one showed up. When the fire chief attempted to resolve the safety issues, OSP criminally cited him for violating wildlife permit laws that did not apply to his situation. Then ODFW killed the cub.

“This has caused tremendous angst in the mountain community. I believe both OSP and ODFW owe the fire chief and the neighborhood an apology.”

Lauren Regan, who is representing the fire chief pro bono and serves as Director and Senior Attorney at the Civil Liberties Defense Center, stated: “The fact that an Oregon State Trooper would criminally cite a Fire Chief in this instance is contrary to the law and public policy. The code the Chief was cited for violating pertains to people who are intending to keep a wild animal as a pet or to exploit it for profit—that was clearly not the case here. The Wildlife laws specifically exempt a person who takes a wild animal in an emergency situation, as was the situation here. The law states the person may keep the animal for not more than 48 hours, during which time the person must make a good faith effort to contact law enforcement or a wildlife rehab center. In this case, the Chief completely complied with the law. He immediately notified law enforcement and a rehab center that was en route and did not keep the animal for more than 48 hours. It seems like this officer was ignorant of the law, and vindictive toward a fellow public servant attempting to keep his community safe from accidents involving wildlife and roadways. The Jackson County District Attorney should refuse to file this charge and the officer involved should apologize and receive remedial training on the law.”

“What we are seeing is a disturbing pattern by these two agencies of killing animals in need and punishing people who are kind enough to try and help them,” said Scott Beckstead, director of campaigns for Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy. “These agencies are charged with serving the people and wildlife of Oregon, and yet again we see them abdicating that responsibility and instead responding with deliberate cruelty toward the animals and official persecution of good samaritans.”

“The despicable killing of this bear cub is business as usual for this killing agency,” said Brooks Fahy, executive director of the wildlife advocacy group, Predator defense. “This tragic case highlights an agency that has absolutely no empathy toward the very animals it is charged ‘managing.’ I have spent most of my adult life working with wildlife in Oregon and can tell you this is not an isolated incident. This happens all the time.”

The incident comes less than two years after both agencies came under withering criticism for the death of a young bobcat that wandered into a Eugene-area school. ODFW officials directed OSP officers to kill the animal, rather than take it to one of several qualified licensed wildlife rehabilitation centers in the state, including one just a few miles from the school. Rather than euthanizing the animal with an approved method of euthanasia, OSP officers killed the animal by bludgeoning it to death. The story sparked global outrage and calls for reform in how the agencies respond to wildlife in need, and culminated in a hearing before the Oregon legislature about the agencies and their handling of wildlife in distress.

“Like the agency’s brutal killing of the young bobcat in 2019, this case illustrates why changes to the rules governing ODFW’s handling of wildlife are badly overdue,” said Rep. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie), chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources and chair of the Oregon Sportsmen’s Caucus. “There was no reason this little bear should have been killed by ODFW when safe and humane alternatives were available. The tragedy is compounded by the decision by Oregon State Police to cite this volunteer fireman with a crime for trying to do the right thing and help the animal. I will continue to support efforts to change these agencies’ approach from one of destroying animals in need to actually helping them, as they should.”

“We must stop assuming that the right resolution to interactions between humans and wildlife is to kill the wildlife,” said Rep. Marty Wilde (D-Eugene). “ODFW needs to do better. The citation to the chief should be dismissed.”

The availability of an accredited sanctuary that was willing to take the animal adds to the questions around the agencies’ actions and decisions. “As soon as I got word of a young bear in Oregon who needed a home, we started facilitating the steps to begin his rescue,” states Bobbi Brink, founder, and director of Lions Tigers & Bears. “After reaching out to ODFW and being ignored, and then finding out that once they finally did get the bear in their custody, they immediately put him down rather than considering any other options, is all very alarming.”

Mr. Beckstead, a former mayor of Waldport, Oregon, and who now lives in rural Douglas County, said Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy have issued a request for public records from both agencies so the behavior and decisions of the officials can be carefully examined. “Not only did state wildlife personnel kill another defenseless young animal who would now be living in a sanctuary but for this heartless action, but they punished a public servant, acting in a volunteer capacity, to resolve an emergency. It’s an outrage, and the people of Oregon deserve answers and accountability.”

“Oregonians value wildlife, and they would rather see a bear cub in need rescued, not killed, by the agencies charged with protecting wildlife,” said Shauna Sherick, CVT, founder of Wildwood Sanctuary and Preserve an Oregon nonprofit organization. “If ODFW and OSP punish the simple, practical act of providing care and transferring an animal to a sanctuary, wildlife rescue in Oregon will be impossible, and we know Oregonians won’t stand for that.”

“As a former Fire District Commissioner, and now wildlife advocate, I am in constant awe of the strength, emotional intelligence, and integrity displayed by firefighters like this Fire Chief,” said Samantha Bruegger, Wildlife Coexistence Campaigner for WildEarth Guardians. “If ODFW had an ounce of the ethical integrity of this heroic first responder, the black bear cub would still be alive.”

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies, and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

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ACLJ Joins 19 U.S. Senators and 55 U.S. Representatives in Stand Against Unconstitutional Ban on States Lowering Taxes

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, April 9, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has partnered with 19 U.S. Senators and 55 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to stand against the blatantly unconstitutional ban on states lowering taxes. Earlier today, the ACLJ filed an amicus brief on behalf of 74 Members of Congress in federal district court in support of Ohio’s lawsuit and its request for injunctive relief.

Last month, after five bipartisan COVID-19 stimulus bills enacted in 2020, Democrats in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives opted to use the budget reconciliation process to approve a partisan sixth stimulus bill. This resulted in a law littered with problems, but one of the worst is a provision inserted at the last minute that functionally prohibits states from cutting state taxes anytime between now and 2024. This egregious abuse of power eviscerates each state’s constitutional authority to set its own taxation policy.

“Those on the Left are reluctant to allow a crisis to go to waste,” says ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow. “They are now determined to weaponize COVID-19 relief to deprive conservative, low-tax states of their sovereign constitutional right to lower their tax rates.”

Fortunately, states are fighting back. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost was the first to file a lawsuit, correctly calling the prohibition an unconstitutional attempt to commandeer state taxing authority. Twenty-one additional attorneys general warned of potential legal action, and 13 states followed that up with a lawsuit filed in Alabama.

In today’s filing in Ohio, the ACLJ has asked the federal district court to grant Ohio’s motion and immediately enjoin enforcement of this unconstitutional coercion. The ACLJ is also preparing to support the other states that are fighting back.

The following Members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House have joined the ACLJ’s brief filed today in federal district court in Ohio:

U.S. Senators Mike Crapo, Tim Scott, John Barrasso, Marsha Blackburn, John Boozman, Mike Braun, John Cornyn, Kevin Cramer, Ted Cruz, Steve Daines, Bill Hagerty, James Lankford, Roger Marshall, Rob Portman, Jim Risch, Ben Sasse, Thom Tillis, Roger Wicker, and Todd Young.

U.S. Representatives Jim Banks, Robert Aderholt, Rick Allen, Andy Biggs, Gus Bilirakis, Dan Bishop, Lauren Boebert, Kevin Brady, Mo Brooks, Ted Budd, Kat Cammack, Jerry Carl, Buddy Carter, Madison Cawthorn, Steve Chabot, James Comer, John Curtis, Warren Davidson, Byron Donalds, Jeff Duncan, Scott Fitzgerald, Scott Franklin, Bob Gibbs, Bob Good, Lance Gooden, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Glenn Grothman, Michael Guest, Diana Harshbarger, Vicky Hartzler, Kevin Hern, Yvette Herrell, Ashley Hinson, Chris Jacobs, Fred Keller, Doug LaMalfa, Tom McClintock, Dan Meuser, Mary Miller, Blake Moore, Steven Palazzo, Scott Perry, Guy Reschenthaler, David Rouzer, Steve Scalise, Jason Smith, Victoria Spartz, Michelle Steel, W. Gregory Steube, Claudia Tenney, Ann Wagner, Tim Walberg, Michael Waltz, Randy Weber, and Brad Wenstrup.

“We are especially grateful to Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (ID), Sen. Tim Scott (SC), and Rep. Jim Banks (IN) for leading this coalition of elected officials,” says Sekulow.

For more information: https://aclj.org/radical-left/aclj-74-members-of-congress-to-federal-court-biden-pelosi-schumer-ban-on-states-lowering-taxes-is-blatantly-unconstitutional

Read the ACLJ’s Brief: http://media.aclj.org/pdf/ACLJ-Amicus-Ohio-v.-Yellen,-filestamped-4.9.21_Redacted.pdf

View the ACLJ’s petition to protect states’ rights over taxation policy: https://aclj.org/radical-left/stop-bidens-ban-on-lower-taxes

About the ACLJ: The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on the preservation and defense of constitutional rights, is based in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit https://aclj.org/.

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